I don’t often write about blogging, I generally just do it. But when I published a survey a few months ago, many readers expressed an interest in knowing a little bit about my personal side. I’m coming up to my two year anniversary of blogging, but my “real career” for most of my life was fashion design. I’ll be posting some more about that in the upcoming weeks, but today I’m sharing some thoughts on this new blogging career, which I started in my early 50’s (as well as some more lighthearted fare).
I’m delighted to be participating in a series about ‘over-50’ bloggers called Between the Lines, hosted by the lovely Katherine from Katherine’s Corner. For 10 weeks she’ll be featuring bloggers ‘of a certain age’, who have each been asked to answer a few questions. You can click on the link below to visit her wonderful blog and enjoy a look at several of the other featured bloggers of the week. But first, my replies to her questions…
What do you know now about blogging that you wish you would have known before you started blogging?
I began blogging with an open mind and no real specific goals, other than to see where it took me. I sensed that there would be opportunities that I couldn’t predict and I was actually excited to see what surprises would arise. One of the first surprises was how helpful the community of bloggers is and how eager they are to share information, support, practical knowledge and even tangible business leads, so while this was something I didn’t know, if was a wonderful thing to discover. I think had I known this in advance, I might have begun sooner and tapped into this resource to avoid some mistakes early on.
What is your favorite summer salad?
I love salads that remind me of my most treasured places to travel, so I’d have to say a great Mediterranean salad is at the top of my list. One of my absolute favorite places on earth is Positano on the Amalfi Coast and during a recent trip, I found myself eating the same salad nearly every day, a green salad with the freshest local tomatoes, burrata cheese, olives, tuna, kidney beans, corn and a drizzle of olive oil. It’s best when sun-drenched and eaten al fresco and I’ve tried countless times to re-create this delightful experience at home. Add an accompaniment of sparkling Pellegrino and I’m immediately transported to the seaside paradise.
Travel is often the inspiration for so many things I do, including the design and styling I incorporate on my blog. This blogging journey is turning out to be a multi-faceted and inspiring enterprise that is full of pleasant surprises. I’ve got quite a few new things in the works that I hope to bring to you very shortly. I hope you will stay with me a while as I explore the next steps and, as always, I welcome your feedback. Many thanks to Katherine for hosting this series!
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